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Men less likely to be aware of high blood pressurePosted On Tue, August 31, 2010
Having high blood pressure can have a variety of negative affects on one's health. However, the Mayo Clinic notes that many people can have high blood pressure for years without knowing it.
Data from the World Congress of Cardiology shows that men in particular seem to be unaware of the health condition. The organization's data reveals that young, unmarried men are least likely to be aware of, or receiving treatment, for high blood pressure. Older women, on the other hand, were found to be most likely to be aware of the condition and receiving treatment for it.
"Hypertension is a well-recognized major determinant of cardiovascular disease internationally, yet, in some groups, awareness, treatment and control is poor," said McMaster University assistant professor Dr. Clara Chow.
Furthermore, the study also found that those who have higher incomes and more education are also more likely to be aware of high blood pressure.
People with high blood pressure may find themselves paying higher life insurance rates. This, however, can be changed in many cases through improved health, education and awareness.
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